Revere was born on January 1, 1735
His place of birth was Boston, Massachusetts
His father was called Apollos Rivoire
(1702-1754), who was born in Riaucaud, France.
He Anglicized his name to Paul Revere shortly
after he immigrated to America
His mother was Deborah Hitchbourn, who was born
January 25, 1704, died May 23, 1777
Paul Revere was descended from a Huguenot family
who had fled the French Inquisition
His father was a silversmith and copper engraver
and Paul followed in the family business. His
silver shop produced more than 5000 items
Paul Revere had seven siblings
Education: Paul Revere was educated at North
Grammar School in Boston
Paul Revere married his first wife Sarah Orne on
August 4, 1757 who died May 3, 1773. They had
eight children together
Paul Revere married his second wife Rachel
Walker on October 10, 1773. Paul and Rachel also
had 8 children
Paul Revere was definitely a family man - he
went on to have 51 grandchildren!
Paul Revere was related by marriage to Abraham
Lincoln, whose father was a cousin of two of
Paul Revere was a member of the Masonic Lodge of
St. Andrew through which he made many friends
and connections with the most influential men in
Paul Revere became a political activist in the
opposition to the Sugar Act in 1764, the Stamp
Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767.
His business interests included manufacturing
church bells and copper engraving. After the
Revolutionary War he opened the first copper
mill in the United States.
Paul Revere fought during the Seven Years War,
also called the French Indian War and served as
a lieutenant in an artillery regiment
Paul Revere played a prominent role in the
events following the Boston Massacre in 1770.
His main political allies were Samuel Adams and
Paul Revere actively participated in the work of
'Sons of Liberty' under the guidance of Dr.
Paul Revere organized an intelligence and alarm
system, called the 'Mechanics' to keep watch
over the British forces and warn leaders of the
Sons of Liberty of any threats
Paul Revere was a talented man who had many
skills including designing, engraving, printing,
bell founding and dentistry
Paul Revere create a number of political
engravings which were well publicized and served
as political propaganda
The Boston Massacre: Paul Revere first began
selling his color prints of his engraving of
"The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street"
in Boston (see the picture below)
Paul Revere employed Christian Remick to
colorize the "The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in
King Street" print
December 16, 1773: The Boston Tea Party -
Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians
protested against the British Tea Act
Paul Revere participated in the Boston Tea Party
dressed as a Mohawk Indian.
In 1774, Paul Revere began serving as courier
for the Massachusetts Committee of
Correspondence. During this time he submitted
the Suffolk County Resolves that rejected the
Intolerable Acts and called upon Americans to
prepare for a British attack.
The midnight ride of Paul Revere: April 18/19,
1775. Revere, along with two other messengers
were sent to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams
of the movements of the British Army. Along the
way he risked himself by warning other patriots
The British soldiers (Redcoats) who captured
Paul Revere freed him as they had to hurry
towards the Lexington Meeting-house after
hearing gunfire. Refer to the Battle of
Lexington and the Battle of Concord
“The Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry W. Longfellow
is a poem written about the historic journey.
In Longfellow's poem he has Paul Revere riding
into Concord at "two by the village clock".
Revere himself claims to have never made it to
Concord as he was captured by British troops.
April 1776: Paul Revere became the Major of
infantry of Massachusetts
Paul Revere designed the first seal for the
united colonies and designed and printed the
first Continental bond issue
Paul Revere died of natural causes at his home
on Charter Street in Boston, on May 10, 1818
Paul Revere was buried at Granary Burial